Keith’s Special Zulu Coconut For Obama

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From the WDSU website: [flashvideo filename="zulu.flv" /]NEW ORLEANS -- To mark a historic day in American history, the Zulu Aid and Pleasure Club made history of its own creating its first politically themed coconut designed specifically for President Barack Obama. "One hundred years and Barack Obama as president. What a combination," Zulu President Charles Hamilton said. It's a special combination because the first African-American president took office the same year Zulu celebrates its 100th anniversary. "It's special. I've seen many coconuts. And this one is awesome. It combines New Orleans and the D.C. and the good ol' USA on it," Hamilton said. Zulu's coconuts are prized possessions many people hope to receive as Zulu parades on Mardi Gras. But this special inauguration coconut is much much more. It's also an original piece of art designed by artist Keith Eckles. The artist sanded the coconut's rough surface, making it smooth enough to begin painting an image that combines Washington, New Orleans and Mardi Gras. "What better honor," Eckles said. The coconut arrived in Washington, D.C., in time for the inauguration. The organization hopes to present it to the nation's new president. Zulu also took its special 100th anniversary beads to Washington in hopes of presenting them to the president.

2 Responses to “Keith’s Special Zulu Coconut For Obama”

  1. Kay Butler Says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 12:52 am

    WOW! Now that I’ve had time to reflect on my visit with him at his studio, check out his website, and view the videos / newsclips related to his work, I realize what a privilege and an honor it was to paint my first New Orleans flavored painting under the guidance of Keith Eccles! Keith’s southern charm and belief that each of us has the ability to express ourselves through art is what made my first painting experience a night to remember! Cafe’du Monde means even more to me now! THANKS!

  2. admin Says:
    June 23rd, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    It is always a pleasure to have someone really appreciate our art classes! We try to make them special for each person who walks through our doors. We love that so many who attend our Art&Soul classes return over and over again. We feel fortunate to be able to meet so many wonderful people. Thank you for such kind words and we hope to see you back again soon.

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